Environmental Art, Public Art, Sculpture, Sustainable Public Art
Public Art for the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation - Our Town At Chollas Creek - San Diego, CA
9’H x 8”D Laser Cut Corten Steel with Choreographed LED Lighting
San Diego is the Most Biologically Rich County in the Continental U.S.
The landscapes of San Diego County represent a rare jewel in America’s crown of great natural spaces. From its 70 miles of scenic beaches to its majestic mile-high mountains, bucolic grasslands and deserts abloom with wildflowers, both wildlife and people enjoy and depend upon the assets of this terrain. The most biologically rich county in the continental U.S. is, however, also the most threatened. And San Diego County shelters approximately 200 imperiled plants and animals—more than in any other county in the nation.California has lost 95 percent of its riparian habitat since pre-settlement times.
Chollas Creek Historic Timeline:
For 12,000 years the Kumeyaay Indians used chollas creek as a migratory trail on their way from the mountains to the beach. Many of the plants along the way were used for food and medicine. Up until 200 years ago Chollas Creek began changing, as the settlement of immigrants moved into the region. However, in the last 50 years Chollas creek began to change rapidly with ever increasing loss of habitat and biodiversity. the creek had lost most of its natural geographic features due to freeways and other urban development that left Chollas Creek barely recognizable.
In 2002 The City of San Diego embarked on a Chollas Creek Enhancement Program. The Design/Development Guidelines are based on long established City policies and are specifically designed to address: Wetland Restoration, and Rehabilitation of Native Species, Channel Reconstruction, Landscaping, Trail System, Public Art, and Education/Interpretive Program. All of this work is evidenced in the new Chollas Creek Park. The Visualize Biodiversity pubic art sculpture supports and encourages efforts to understand and preserve our natural resources for the betterment of the Southeastern neighborhoods of San Diego.
Environmental Biodiversity & San Diego’s Chollas Creek
Chollas Creek historically was healthy and biologically diverse. Many of the native plants species are now under threat or endangered. The Chollas Creek Restoration projects eradicated invasive species and re-introduced native riparian and upland sage scrub community to restore endemic & native species.
Design Inspiration: San Diego Chollas Native Plant and Pollinator Species
Several populations of Coastal or San Diego Barrel Cactus (Fetocactus viridesious), a California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a protected species and is known to occur along the slopes of the Encanto Branch and Chollas Creek. The initiative for the Chollas Creek Enhancement Program is to o take Chollas Creek from a hidden and neglected waterway into a linear urban park, becoming a historic, geographic, symbolic and civic focal point.
The Chollas Creek public art project furthers the mission and encourages a return it to a place for exploration and play., where residents own the vision for the transformation of the space. Imagine Walking Through the Chollas Park and encountering the sculpture that is is fun and interactive - and that communicates the message of the park: Habitat Restoration, sustainability and interactivity/connectivity with the audience The public art concept for Chollas creek is unique and set to become the iconic place making statement for all the Southeastern Neighborhood of San Diego.
A grouping or a field of wildflowers is one of the most beautiful experiences we can encounter in nature. But wildflowers also support entire ecosystems for pollinators, birds, and small animals on a micro scale. Butterflies and other insects, small birds, and animals depend on seeds, nectar, and pollen for their food supply and life support system.The natural plants have adapted to an amazing array of habitats and microclimates in the region, achieving a balance with other living things and forming the foundation for all life. Imagine a place where, you can experience the incredibly diverse wildflower and biodiversity of the state of California.
Visualize Biodiversity is a 9’H x 8’D corten laser cut LED light sculpture inspired by the shape of the Barrel Cactus. While interacting with the sculpture, you encounter many of the pollinator species that you find in San Diego’s natural ecosystems, as though you’ve been transported to an oversized garden in the wild. The goal is to foster public recognition of the spectacularly diversity of San Diego county and recognize a treasure that’s to be valued and habitats to be protected. I believe that if we can individually have a unique experience with understanding an experiencing nature - we are more likely to fight to preserve it.
San Diego Pollinators Selected for the Chollas Creek Public Art Project